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Risshaku-ji Temple

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Address: 4456-1 Yamadera, Yamagata 999-3301 , Yamagata Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 23-695-2843
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One hour out of Sendai

A nice, old mountain temple complex about an hour’s train ride out of Sendai or about 20 minutes from the Yamagata station. I only saw the bottom part but there are 1000+ stairs... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

A nice, old mountain temple complex about an hour’s train ride out of Sendai or about 20 minutes from the Yamagata station. I only saw the bottom part but there are 1000+ stairs up the mountinside to more temple buildings. Will need to return and see the rest of the complex.

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Climbing the steps to the temple on a hot day was really a test of endurance but we made it with a few stops along the way. The kiosk have way up was a saviour as I bought a hand towel and drenched it in cold water and then wore it on my neck like the Japanese do. Make sure... More 

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Pisa, Italy
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134 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We visited the site as part of the social program of a conference. When it is hot DO NOT go, it was very tiring and we ended up just thinking about showering... Still the place is fascinating and the views are stunning. Pick the right day: no rain and a perfect cool breeze. You'll love it!

Thank fgrabbits
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This place is really mesmerizing. In winter climbing top of the hill and cover all temples is an unforgettable experience. The whole place is silent and peaceful. It was a great experience.

Thank Pepperstory
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311 reviews
123 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 218 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

We loved the temple complex in a pretty valley just east of Yamagata. A not too strenuous hike to visit the various temples, with the best at the top as well as a platform with views of the entire area. Like Kyoto without the crowds. We picked a small restaurant in town and had one of the best meals we... More 

Thank UKbanker33
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

I visited this temple in winter and it was covered in snow and found it to be the most magical place. Worth taking your time to explore all on offer, including the various temples and taking in the views. The steps can get a bit slippery, but this adds to the excitement. Couldn't fault this place, and would be worth... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

This place was so much fun. I didn't look it up before hand, so I was surprised that there were so many stairs. It was hot when I was there, so definitely buy some water at the bottom before you start. I got quite a few temple seals, and there was a beautiful view at the top. Rewarded myself back... More 

Thank Sarah F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

We loved being way out in the mountains, and the temple complex is well worth a visit. You walk through a touristy village to get to the entrance to the temple site. Quite a climb even to the first and oldest temple, but then you can walk along the path to the end temple without climbing up to the top.... More 

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Sendai, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 via mobile

It takes about one hour by taking JR Senzan line from track 7 or 8 of Sendai station (one way ticket of 840JPY). The train comes every one hour to go for Yamadera and back to Sendai, respectivery. There are many restaurants on the approach to the temple. Yamagata pref. is recognized as one of the famous places to have... More 

1 Thank URA216
Kahului, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

There are many reasons why Yamadera Risshakuji Temple is frequently visited. Whether you go for the beautiful scenery; its cultural and historical value; a cool forest hike; and/or for serenity and contemplation, this place will check all the boxes! The town of Yamadera is a small village between Yamagata and Sendai along the JR Senzan Line. Travel by rail takes... More 

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